Just bought a Strat, think I hate it.....

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  1. chrisoldroyd

    chrisoldroyd New Member

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    I have been playing now for a year and a half with an G400 Pro and thought it would be a good idea to pickup a Strat for a different experience and tone. Whiel i will admit its is a comfortable guitar i hate the bloody sound of the thing compared to my humbucker rock machine.

    I know its good to have a few different guitars around but I am not sure i should keep this as that pingy quacky sound is awful, what do you think??

    Cheers
    Chris
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    What on earth did you think you were buying? You've described the classic Strat sound.
     
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    chrisoldroyd New Member

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    I have no idea lol, I was talked into it and thought it might be good to have in my collection. Maybe I should pop a humbucker in there to help ease the pain.
     
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    It’s been a while since I parted ways with strats. Yes, comfortable but I too dislike the strat sounds. Too 80s for my taste.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I had a Strat in the past and tried to like it, but I always feel more at home with an SG.

    After having gone through many different guitars with different types of pickups in the past, I found that for me personally, an SG with hum-cancelling P-90's is the most ergonomic and best sounding guitar to play.
     
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    Had two Strats, two Teles, can't do it. Pling pling pling ...
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    What sort of tele did you get? Mine has possibly the richest tones of any guitar I own. Listen to a test here

     
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    Indeed, I have been told my MiM lacks a proper amount of "quack" for which I've always been grateful.
     
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    I dont understand where all this animosity towards the strat tones is coming from. Strats don't sound so good at a low volume, whereas humbuckers are alright. Maybe try tunring the volume up???

    Have you tried dialing it in with more mids and lows?

    Maybe listen to some Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Europe '72(the dead), etc...

    Worst case scenarios, you can always ship it down here.
     
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    I think this is simply a matter of taste. For me, I couldn't like single-coil sounds as humbuckers or P90s. I like some strat guys. Their playing styles, sounds are solid. But I don't think to buy a Strat for that. I sold my last strat before I joined in here.

    For me, the most I like and the usable option is HH pu configuration. SG, LP, Superstrat doesn't matter. Single coils and 5 way Strat sound options are not what I need. But this doesn't mean Strats or teles are bad and unusable. They are just not what I am lookin' for.
     
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    Just another tool in the tool box
     
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    I have one Strat style guitar and it's HSS, never could bond with the single coil bridge pickup. I like the sound of the other two though, and combined with the humbucker and trem bar it lets me do things I can't do with my other guitars. Mine is custom wired with a 500k volume and tone for the HB and a single 250k volume for the neck and middle pickups. I still prefer the "Gibson" scale length, and I keep the Strat tuned down a half step to Eb which gives a feel closer to my SGs, Firebird, etc.
     
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    What gauge strings do you guys use on your strats??? I prefer 12- 52s tuned to standard. I dont care too much for single coils with amything less than 10s. Sounds far too snappy and scratchy.
     
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    I have to disagree there. I love the low volume strat sound.
     
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    9-42.. EB Super Slinkys (pink pack)
     
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    D'Addario 10's on everything electric for me.
     
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    I mean low volum on the amp... I dont mind turning a volume nob down as long as i can adjust the volume on the amp but i feel the sound and tone of single coils coupled low gauge strings with a strat at low amp volume is key to that 'teenage bedroom guitar' tone.

    That may be a bit harsh and i imagine the pickup and amp type will effect this drastically. In my mind I'm thinking of my squire strat plugged into an envoy 110 at low volumes so i dont disturb anyone- with a set of 9s. Sounded just aweful, thin and scratchy.
     
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    Does sound good, but there's a whole lot of that richness that doesn't come from the guitar.

    I had a Squier Classic VIbe 50's with a set of Custom Shop 65 Gray Bottom Fender pickups, the bee's knees they say. And an Standard Fender Tele. Just can't bond with the Fender style single coil and/or the long scale narrow neck they're mostly associated with.

    Gimmie a P90 anytime though.
     
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    You're right, but the richness is nonetheless there, and it is a Tele behind it. I've heard comparisons between Strats and Teles, no effects and clean amp. The Tele definitely has the richer sound of the two.
     
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    I use the "twang" more than the quack.
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    "Why you workin' so hard?"
    Seriously, 12-52s are baritone strings on a Strat. Develop a lighter touch. Now on a Duo-sonic 22.7" scale they're OK. :naughty:
     
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